Episodes

Santa Cruz Bee Company's Emily Bondor with Kirsten (S3, E28)

Dec. 7, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest host Kirsten Traynor speaks with Emily Bondor of the Santa Cruz Bee Co about how she manages her colonies and those of other beekeepers without chemical intervention. Emily discuss the types of losses beekeepers should...

Interviews with Beekeepers, Author Steve Donohoe (S3, E27)

Nov. 30, 2020

Starting several years ago, Steve Donohoe wanted to find out more about beekeepers and how they kept bees. His travels took him to California, where he talked to Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez, to Vermont to talk to Mike Palmer, then back the UK to...

Ernst Seed Company - Calvin Ernst with Kirsten (S3, E26)

Nov. 23, 2020

Protecting pollinators and improving the habitat for honey bees often entails planting nectar and pollen rich plants. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Calvin Ernst, founder of , who has been deeply involved with growing native plants for over 50...

Bananas for Bees with Katharina Davitt (S3, E25)

Nov. 16, 2020

In this episode, Master Beekeeper, Katharina Davitt reveals the nutritional benefits honey bees derive from bananas. Yes, you read that correctly, bananas! We all know that bananas are good for people. They are full of carbs, minerals, vitamins, are...

Oregon Fires - Sharon Schmidt with Kirsten (S3, E24)

Nov. 9, 2020

This autumn wildfires cut through large swaths of Oregon, destroying towns, homes and habitat. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Sharon Schmidt, founder of Cascade Girl Apiary, who lost her home and apiary in Phoenix, Oregon. Sharon was visiting a...

"Show Me The Honey" with Dave Doroghy (S3, E23)

Nov. 2, 2020

Dave Doroghy works in the worlds of advertising and sports marketing and lives on a house boat on the Frasier River in southern British Columbia near Vancouver. His discovery of beekeeping wasn’t the common story of being swept off his feet with...

Organic Beekeeping and Importing Manuka: Madhu Honey with Kirsten (S3, E22)

Oct. 26, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten sits down with Matthew Pettersson of , who fell into beekeeping after a chance encounter with a giant jar of honey in a New York City apartment. Fascinated by honey bees and the golden honey they create, he ended up working...

American Honey Tasting Society with Marina & Raffaele (S3, E21)

Oct. 19, 2020

Marina Marchese is the President of the American Honey Tasting Society. She refined her learning and teaching skills in Italy and Raffaele Dall'Olio was one of her teachers. Today we discuss with them all of the aspects of honey tasting – the basics...

Comb Building & More: Michael Smith, Ph.D with Kirsten (S3, E20)

Oct. 12, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of , talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. Together the two ended up...

Almond Contracts: An Economist's Analysis with Brittney Goodrich, Ph.D (S3, E19)

Oct. 5, 2020

In this episode, we invited Dr. Brittney Goodrich to discuss what her research has found in almond pollination contracts.  Brittney is a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. She is an Agricultural Economist and...

The Ambeessadors with Steve Rogenstein and Kirsten (S3, E18)

Sept. 28, 2020

If you’re interested in starting a honey festival in your city, you have to speak with Steve Rogenstein who founded the . A former event manager, he fell in love with bees and has used his unique skills to organize honey festivals in both New York...

Dewey Caron - "The Complete Bee Handbook" & More (S3, E17)

Sept. 21, 2020

Dr. Dewey M. Caron’s latest book, The Complete Bee Handbook is quite the book. Not a scientific text, not a how-to beekeeping book, but one that’s meant for all those folks who think they might want to keep bees, but don’t know what’s...

Bee Audacious with Bonnie Morse and Kirsten (S3, E16)

Sept. 14, 2020

The conference brought together beekeeping luminaries like Mark Winston, Marla Spivak, Tom Seeley and many others. The event was created and organized by Bonnie Morse, who recently sat down to chat with guest host Kirsten Traynor. In today’s...

The Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium with Allie and Britteny (S3, E15)

Sept. 7, 2020

In today’s episode we talk to Britteny Kyle, DVM, President of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium (HBVC) and Alexzandra (Allie) Mosel, DVM, who is the President Elect. Both are beekeepers and small animal veterinarians interested in getting more...

Honey and the Good Food Awards with Sarah Weiner and Mark Carlson (S3, E14)

Aug. 31, 2020

In today’s episode we talk with Sarah Weiner, the Executive Director of the Good Food Awards Foundation and Mark Carlson, the Committee Co-Chair of the Honey Category. Sarah brings a global perspective to her position having worked with Slow Foods...

Weird Bee Behaviors - Dr. Rachael Bonoan with Kirsten (S3, E13)

Aug. 24, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten Traynor meets up with Dr. Rachael Bonoan, a bee biologist and ecologist. Bees have some unusual and quirky behaviors. They discuss bumble bee high fives, why honey bees like stinky, dirty water, and how our pollinators may be...

Strong Microbials with Drs. Vera and Slava Strogolova (S3, E12)

Aug. 17, 2020

Strong Microbials got their start producing probiotics to improve the health of cattle, dairy cows, poultry and swine. Their products improved animal food digestion resulting in overall animal health. In 2012 they became interested in doing the same...

Beekeeping Downunder: Simeon Valkenburg with Kirsten (S3, E11)

Aug. 10, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten chats with commercial beekeeper Simeon Valkenburg, who runs a commercial operation with his brother in Australia. He talks about building up their commercial operation from scratch. They started with one hive and are now up to...